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wiretap

[wahyuh r-tap] /ˈwaɪərˌtæp/
noun
1.
an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
verb (used with object), wiretapped, wiretapping.
2.
to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires:
to wiretap conversations.
3.
to listen in on by means of a wiretap:
to wiretap a telephone; to wiretap a conversation.
verb (used without object), wiretapped, wiretapping.
4.
to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
adjective
5.
pertaining to or obtained by wiretap.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; back formation from wiretapper
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British Dictionary definitions for wiretap

wiretap

/ˈwaɪəˌtæp/
verb -taps, -tapping, -tapped
1.
to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly
Derived Forms
wiretapper, noun
wiretapping, noun
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